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Cultural exchange, connections: UTSA International Education Week, Nov. 11-15

paddy fields in Vietnam
Taj Mahal

From last year's IEW photography competition:
Top photo: "Paddy Fields, South Saigon, Vietnam, October 2007," Steve Stewart, systems analyst, Office of Information Technology
Bottom photo: "Across from the Taj Mahal, India, 2010," Curtis Carter, M.B.A. candidate with concentration in real estate finance

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(Nov. 7, 2013) -- Organizers across the three UTSA campuses have planned a week of events celebrating our international connections. The events will run Nov. 11-15 as part of a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education International Education Week.

"International connections have value -- they allow us to see the world from a variety of cultural perspectives," says Julius Gribou, UTSA executive vice provost and senior international officer. "UTSA is growing its international presence. We have collaborations with universities around the world, globally recognized researchers and students who study abroad, and those who come to UTSA to study from other countries."

International Education Week was first held in 2000 and today is celebrated in more than 100 countries.

"We at UTSA join more than 100 countries around the globe to celebrate international education with students, faculty and the San Antonio community," said Dennis Lopez, director of the College of Business Office of International Programs. "International Education Week shows how an international experience can prepare students for the global world."

International Education Week gives domestic students an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

This year's schedule includes the Celebrate International! cultural festival from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the University Center Paseo. The event will feature student booths, international food, cultural dances and songs, and other activities, according to Ann Margaret Trujillo, associate director of the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center.

The winning photographers of UTSA's International Photography Contest will be announced at 3 p.m. Monday. The top student, faculty and staff images will be displayed in Gallery 23 in the University Center. The photos will remain on display until Jan. 24, says Trey Payne, Gallery 23 curator. As was the case in previous years, there will be an impressive display of photos.

International Education Week (IEW) begins at 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11 with a Gallery 23 reception and presentation of awards to the top photographers. View the full schedule of events for the week.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Events
Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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